According to the Washington Post, the Ibrahim Prize for African leadership has declined for the second year in a row to award the $5 million prize. The last winner of the Ibrahim Prize– awarded annually to a former African Head of State or government who has demonstrated excellence in leadership– was former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.
Earlier today Vice President Joe Biden met with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi. This marks the second leg of the Vice President’s 7 day trip to Africa, with his final stop set for South Africa and the World Cup opening ceremonies.
In what the Associated Press calls a test in democracy in the country, polls opened in Togo today.
AP has the details:
The son of Togo’s longruling dictator battled six opposition candidates during polls Thursday in the second election being held since the dictator’s death.
Faure Gnassingbe, who has vastly outspent the other candidates and has wallpapered the [...]
BBC reports along with other news outlets that the Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila has fired or forcibly retired almost 3,000 government employees as part of what Budget Minister Michel Lokolo calls a larger fight against corruption.
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